What will happen to the historic Station Road schoolhouse? Township, would-be owners, neighbors involved

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:07 PM

Community Montessori School in Olde West Chester had hoped to purchase the historic Station Road Schoolhouse property (pictured) on Station Road. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Community Montessori School in Olde West Chester had hoped to purchase the historic Station Road Schoolhouse property (pictured) on Station Road. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Despite a Butler County judge’s ruling, the battle over the historic Station Road schoolhouse continues, with the owners of the Community Montessori School filing an appeal with the 12th District Court of Appeals in their quest to acquire the building.

“We’ve appealed, and we’re continuing to move it forward,” Montessori school owner Todd Minniear told this news organization. “We still want it (the schoolhouse).”

West Chester Twp. was poised to sell the old school to the Minniears for $250,000 as part of a settlement in a lawsuit the school owners filed. However, some neighbors who oppose the sale intervened in the lawsuit and convinced Magistrate Justin Lane and Common Pleas Judge Jennifer Muench-McElfresh the lawsuit was moot.

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The township’s zoning board of appeals nixed the sale last summer due to traffic and other concerns, and the Minniears filed an administrative appeal in the common pleas court. In December, Lane nullified the Minniears’ appeal because it was filed under a corporate name by Minniear, and he is not an attorney and couldn’t legally file the appeal.

“The court finds that the notice of appeal in this matter is a nullity and strikes it from the record,” Lane wrote.

The Minniears hired an attorney, Jay Bennett, at the end of November. During the hearing last month he told the magistrate the situation doesn’t have the same set of circumstances that the rules about corporations and lawsuits were designed to prevent.

“I believe to totally dismiss that, if that is where the court is leaning, would be incredibly harsh,” Bennett said. “I understand the rule about not allowing corporate entities to represent themselves, but when we’re talking about corporate entities, we’re talking about shareholders and officers and boards of directors and those types of things. My client is J. Lyn Properties.”

The township trustees agreed to sell the schoolhouse to the Minniears — who plan to put an addition on the building to expand their school programs — because they said it is a “money pit” and a drain on township resources.

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Neighbors opposed the sale, and some — like those who intervened in the lawsuit — want to see it turned into a historical museum.

Tim Mara, the attorney representing the intervening neighbors, said those neighbors are weighing their options and should have a decision on how they will proceed by week’s end.

“I suspect we will do something, there are some alternative courses of action available to us,” he said. “We haven’t made a decision yet.”

Township spokesperson Barb Wilson said West Chester has no involvement in the appeal.

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Hormel recalls more than 220,000 pounds of Spam

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 11:51 PM

Hormel recalled more than 220,000 pounds of canned pork and chicken. (Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service)
Hormel recalled more than 220,000 pounds of canned pork and chicken. (Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Hormel has recalled 228,614 pounds of canned pork and chicken products sold throughout the United States and Guam after metal objects were found in them by consumers. 

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The recalled Spam and “Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf” were made from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10 and include “EST. 199N” on the bottom of the can, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The recall affects 12-oz. cans of “Spam Classic” shipped throughout the United States with a best by date February 2021 date and production codes: F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888 and F020889; and 12-oz. cans of “Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf” shipped to Guam with a best by date of February 2021 and production codes F02098 and F02108.

There were reports of minor oral injuries to consumers who ate the tainted product. The inspection service did not get any other reports of injuries.

The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Hormel consumer response can be contacted at 800-523-4635.

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18 vehicles hit by rocks Saturday night on WB U.S. 35 in Dayton

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 12:10 AM

Multiple vehicles hit by rocks on WB U.S. 35 in Dayton

Nearly 20 motorists pulled over Saturday night after their vehicles were struck by someone throwing rocks while they were traveling west on U.S. 35.

Thomas Acco of Jefferson Twp. and his girlfriend had just dropped off their children and were headed home when a rock came through the front of the windshield.

“I was in shock that someone would play with someone’s life like this,” he said.

“Glass just flew everywhere. We had a little swerve contest with the car in front of us — their windshield got hit also. We just pulled to the side and it was like 15, 20 cars lined up to the side all with damage.”

Motorists line up along westbound U.S. 35 May 26, 2018, just before the South Smithville Road exit after their vehicles were struck by rocks.(JAMES BUECHELE / STAFF)

Dayton police Lt. Chris Malson said there are no suspects, but plenty of victims.

“We got a report of multiple cars, approximately 18 of them, that were hit with rocks as they were driving westbound on U.S. 35 near Woodman (Drive),” he said. “All the calls came within about five minutes of each other.

The Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center said they received starting at 10 p.m. The last one received was at 10:29 p.m.

One of the victims was Susan Myers of Lima who was headed back home with her husband, riding in the front passenger seat.

“We heard a loud bang and looked up and saw the damage on the windshield,” she said. “We immediately pulled over and noticed that there were several cars ahead of us also pulled over with their hazard lights on.”

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There are no reports of injuries, but Myers said they were shaken and now have to deal with broken glass inside the car and their insurance company.

Earlier Saturday, around 4:45 p.m., another two motorists, one from Illinois and one from Dayton, reported their windshields were struck by rocks. At least one of the windshields shattered just when they went under a bridge. They told police the rocks appeared to come from the north side of the highway but were not able to see the culprits. Police officers found a pile of rocks laying on the side of the highway before the South Smithville Road exit, according to a Dayton police report.

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Overnight fog likely ahead of dry start to Sunday

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:55 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 10:50 PM

Hot temperatures are expected through Memorial Day in the Dayton area.

A few spotty showers will continue the next hour or so, but more dry time is expected overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will drop into the middle to upper 60s. There is a good chance to see some fog overnight.

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    • Showers taper off overnight; fog likely
    • Isolated shower or storms Sunday/Monday
    • Mainly dry and hot for Memorial Day 

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    Sunday: A dry start is expected to the day, which will be hot with highs in the upper 80s. With the daytime heat, there may be an isolated shower or storm, but it looks like most will stay dry. Don’t cancel your outdoor plans, but have a backup plan indoors.

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    Memorial Day: Lots of sunshine, hot and humid again for Monday. Highs will top out near 90 degrees with a heat index from 90 to 95 degrees. Once again, an isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out.

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    Tuesday: Another hot day is expected with highs near 90 degrees under mostly sunny skies.

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    Wednesday: The chance for rain, maybe storms, returns with highs in the middle 80s. Rain comes from the remnants of Alberto, the first named tropical storm of the Atlantic season.

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    Thursday: The remnants of Alberto will give us more rain. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

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    Florida woman passes note saying boyfriend holding her captive, deputies say

    Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 11:20 PM

    A note given to staff at an animal hospital by a woman being held captive by her boyfriend, deputies said. (Photo: Volusia County Sheriff's Office)
    A note given to staff at an animal hospital by a woman being held captive by her boyfriend, deputies said. (Photo: Volusia County Sheriff's Office)

    Volusia County deputies arrested a man after his live-in girlfriend passed a note to staff at a DeLand animal hospital saying he was threatening her, according to an arrest report. 

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    Jeremy Floyd, 39, is accused of beating his 28-year-old girlfriend and threatening her at gunpoint for two days, deputies said. 

    According to deputies, Floyd beat his girlfriend Wednesday, causing her to stay in bed all day Thursday with a head injury. 

    On Friday afternoon, his girlfriend was able to persuade him to let her bring her dog to DeLand Animal Hospital—but he insisted on accompanying her with a loaded handgun, deputies said. 

    Once at the veterinary hospital, the woman slipped a note to the staff there that said, “Call the cops. My boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don't let him know.”

    A staff member called law enforcement and a DeLand police officer detained Floyd, a convicted felon, and took his gun.

    The Sheriff’s Office then took over the investigation because the incident happened in Volusia County.

    Angie Pye, CEO of Volusia County's Beacon Center, said the woman's quick thinking may have saved her life.

    "If they had alerted him in some way, this might not have been as peaceful, you know, somebody may have gotten hurt," Pye said. 

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